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Chasing Golden, and A Bit on Selflessness

May 14, 2017

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7FAM denim romper // SHOP HERE
AGL leather shoes // SHOP SIMILAR
Furla purse
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Here I am, going backwards in time towards an evening in Palm Springs. The sunset was approaching in the distance of a long and straight road. Palm trees in every direction. The yellow of my blouse and the gold leather of my boots, both at the same time challenging the sunset in a competition of who shines the most. I think it eventually broke even. And I just ran away into the desert sunset. And that was my last evening in Palm Springs. A one that involved “chasing golden.” But really the golden stayed with me the entire time, right there on my feet. My still, I continue to chase. That’s how I like to feel about the desert. It’s where you can be alone with the sun. It’s not loneliness, it’s being content with being alone. 

Today is Mother’s Day, and how I wish I could be with my mom right now. So, so much. These past few months, after sometime at home and then coming back to NYC, I’ve been missing the simplicity of life in California far too much. It’s been sort of hard to explain where this feeling came from. A sort of need to escape to somewhere familiar. I find myself calling my parents more often when I find myself with free time. But not only that, I carve more time out of my day specifically for these sort of things. Before I used to think I was too busy to be in touch as often, but now I feel a deep need for this daily connection of words, especially from my mom. Growing up isn’t easy, and I appreciate all the more now what she has taught me since I was a naughty little kid always trying to go against her rules. What I look up to the most in a mother, and especially my mother, is the act of selflessness. It’s something I’ve been working really hard on lately to commit myself to. No matter what, no matter how much trouble I made, no matter my ideas or thoughts, no matter where I was in the world, my mother was always there for me. And I know she always will be. It’s the safest feeling in the world to know these things. Sometimes I feel I don’t do that great of a job showing her how I feel, and how much I love her, but I remind myself more often now to make the time to tell her every single day how much she means to me. Her acts of selflessness when it comes to my father and my sister and I are truly amazing. And I want to learn from her, so I can be an amazing mother someday, too. So I can have that raw feeling of loving someone else so much that I would do anything and everything for them. I think I’m almost there. I’m getting better. I’m becoming more mature. Yes, I have my faults, but I know that they exist and I try to work on them every day. For now, I’m going to start with patience, which is the foundation of the love. I’ll always wait for what is good and promising. And when sometimes something is testing my patience, instead of running out the door, I’ll sit and take a breather and see how I can work it out. My mother had a whole lot of patience with me growing up. She probably deserved more time off than she should. But she stuck around for me through and through. And look where I’m at ma, because of you 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you all are catching golden with those you love today. 

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Love Goes Round and Round

May 8, 2017

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OAK + FORT jacket
AG Jeans white denim jeans
Sabrina Tach shoes
Topshop earrings
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Stuck in an airport in South Carolina because our plane to the Cayman Islands was running low on gas. It looks like our day at the beach is going to be delayed a bit, but that’s okay. At least I now have a few hours to catch up on my book, and get this post up (and troll the Instagram like every other person LOL). I spent my weekend being really social outside of my phone, so my time online was on standby these past few days. A very much needed standby, of course. Been thinking a lot about where I want the direction of my blog to go in the near future, and it’s a goal of mine to add more wellness to this space. It’s become a passion of mine, especially now that I’m heading into my 30’s soon. And I want to share all that I have been learning and teaching myself about feeling good inside and out with you all. Eating the junk food here at the airport terminal isn’t really a good start (not many options at the moment), but hey nothing can be perfect. At the end of the day, just trying to fill my days with LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. This street art that I accidentally stumbled across by Tara Dixon in Dumbo was the perfect reminder to infuse my daily ritual with that of LOVE. Even when it seems hard sometimes. Recently, I’ve been feeling a whole lot more of it from myself, my family, my friends, and all of you reading here and visiting my social outlets. And I love hearing from those of you who have been here since day one and have seen it all grow. It’s easy to be lost and pulled in too many directions with the state of how social media is right now . . . where too much seems possible . . . like too much is already out there. What is next?! It’s amazing but scary at the same time. But all I can say that I really do know is that I love creating and learning and loving, while staying true to the roots of where my blog stemmed from. I don’t want to ever lose that unconditional love for expressing and sharing the parts of myself that I feel are worth putting out there in the world in the small way that I do. Today, I just want to remind myself, and you all, to LOVE LOVE LOVE in whichever ways you can. That is all 🙂 xx

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Decluttering Mind and Space

May 5, 2017

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AG Jeans dress
Sezane blouse
Tarin Thomas earrings from Tictail
Salvatore Ferragamo purse
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Decluttering mind and space. What a great topic for a rainy day in NYC. Sounds simple . . . like taking out the trash, but in fact it is not a simple act at all. That being said, taking out the trash is actually a struggle when I’m rushing out the door and it happens to be one of the five things I forget to do before leaving house. And so what happens once I’m out the front door and down the steps to the sidewalk? I remember it. But what do I do? Nothing. I leave the trash in my apartment. Saving it for later. For next time. And on my way I go. Only to possible forget the next time. And that’s the worst thing. Trash lingering around for far too long of a time. A goal of mine this year is to not let trash linger. And when I speak of trash, I don’t mean just in a literal sense, but mentally, as well. The smell of rotten bananas is just as bad as overly cluttered thoughts that leave us stressed and lacking of sleep. The physical trash can be blamed on laziness. But what can we blame for the clutter in our heads? Of course, everyone is different . . . our personalities, our experiences, the people that we cross paths with and who influence us. They all play a role in what goes on in our minds. And they play a very beautiful, fulfilling role. But then there are things that do the opposite.

Single out those things that keep your mind spinning on the regular, but not in a good way. These things can change on the daily. It can be a bad day at work. A fight with your partner. Stress on your back from sitting or standing too long. Broken pipes your landlord never gets around to fixing. A friendship that seems one sided. An encounter that left you a bit unsettled. A financial bust from the past that you seem to not be able to fully get over or recover from. Write them down along with a few words on how they make you feel and why. Keep doing this daily, and soon you will see a pattern. Which things keep occurring the most? And there you go, you have a target. Basically, that target is the trash bin outside, where you dump the trash from your apartment in. haha. Ok, I guess that makes it seem simple. Just kidding. Really, it takes time to get rid of these things (people and memories) that bring you a negative sort of energy that trickles into your sleep cycles and ups your stress levels. The first thing is to realize it, pinpoint it and take action. And most of all, don’t be afraid to let go of the rotten bananas. Love my comparisons?? Don’t worry, that action can be a slow process, just as long as it keeps you moving forward and away from the energy that keeps you down, tossing and turning at night, and over analyzing your every interaction. I mean, come on, look how long it takes for me to remember to take my trash out. Slow and steady. For me, writing helps me clear my mind, put things into perspective and gives me time to myself to reflect on the things that bother me. And it’s funny, as soon as my mind seems more clear and refreshed, my trash keeps getting taken out on time. Then all of a sudden, I go on a purging spree in my home. Out with the things that don’t bring me joy, or that have no meaning or use. The tangible, and the untangible . . . they can be treated in the same way many times. Give it a try, you’ll see what I mean 🙂

So, to stay on topic, I present this all white ensemble featuring my new favorite dress of the season by AG Jeans . . . the white denim dress. Clear mind, clean space, clean dress. 

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I Dream of Desert

May 2, 2017

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Cleobella crochet top
Novella Royale skirt
Brother Vellies sandals
Salvatore Ferragamo purse
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Hello Tuesday! Wanted to share this look with you all from this past Coachella. A retro print that is right in tune with Palm Spring’s color themes. So many orange doors in Palm Springs!! We literally played the game “Count the Orange Doors in Palm Springs” during our drives through the desert. The funniest thing ever. In this case, I found a turquoise door, which to me is the perfect complement to most tones of orange. After this desert trip, I left feeling so inspired by my surroundings. Now that the weather is nice in NYC, I want to take my camera out and about with me to capture the city in action. Find more doors in NYC that will be sure to inspire future blog posts. I’m also in the process of finding a new lens to play around with. My current 50mm has been in heavy use for a few years and is in need of a major upgrade. Perfect timing, because it’s spring. The city is beautiful. And there are more travel adventures on the calendar. Like I said before, I’m inspired to create more this season and try some new things. Here it goes 🙂  

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